d. July 21, 2015;
These families, like the Charlottesville Matacias, are all descended from Ignazio Matracia
Staunton, VA: Agostino Matacia’s brother Antonino ‘Tony’ and his children:
ANTONINO ‘TONY’ MATRACIA/MATACIA was born May 27, 1874 in Termini-Imerese, Sicily; emigrated to the US in 1879/1884/1887; d. January 13, 1954 Staunton, VA.
1st wife m. Theresa Arrigo January 9, 1899 Cincinnati OH
2nd wife: m. Flavia ‘Florence’ Pusateri December 28, 1903 Charlottesville VA
He returned in 1902 to Termini, arriving back in New York on March 7, 1902 (describing his occupation as ‘mariner’ and single); he was on his way to Charlottesville VA where his mother Antonina was living at 118 W. Main Street. On each voyage Tony took, his surname was spelled Matracia.
On July 14, 2012, Ed Clayton reported the following to Chick Lehrer:
Of my wife’s Termini Imerese ancestors, one of her GGGGrandfathers was Salvatore Arrigo (1844 TI – 1922 Cincinnati OH). One of Salvatore’s daughters by his 2nd wife, Anna Maria Gentile, (1854 – 1901 Cincinnati) was Theresa Arrigo (Sept 1882 – 28 Jan 1931 Cincinnati). On 08 Jan 1899 in Hamilton Co., OH Theresa married Antonio Matacia (1876 TI) son of Ignazio Matacia and Antonia Cullota. Theresa remarried Walter Pardi abt 1903 and was living in Cincinnati in 1910 and later.
On February 3, 2013, Diane Duritsch reported:
My paternal grandmother, Josephine Arrigo DeSalvo, was the youngest child of Anna Maria Gentile and Salvatore Arrigo. So I suppose that makes her Theresa’s youngest sister.
Based on the information above, it would appear that Theresa and Antonino divorced prior to Antonino’s marriage to Flavia ‘Florence’ Pusateri and Theresa’s marriage to Walter Pardi. In fact, this has been confirmed in the Virginia Select Marriages Index. This also would explain why there was no Catholic wedding when Antonino married Flavia. Instead, the couple was married in Charlottesville VA by a Baptist Minister, Rev. M.L. Wood, at the home of Antonino’s brother, Agostino ‘Gus’ Matacia. Both of Tony’s parents were present: Ignazio Matacia and Antonino Culotta.
On December 28, 1903 Tony married FLAVIA ‘FLORENCE’ PUSATERI at the home of his brother Agostino ‘Gus’ Matacia in Charlottesville, VA. Florence was 17 at the time: b. February 22, 1886 (The year of Flavia’s birth reported in the steamship manifests of 1909 & 1911: 1887.) in Cefalu, Sicily; d. March 2, 1950 Staunton, VA. She was the daughter of Antonino Pusateri and Rosa ‘Maria’ Calderone of Cefalu, whose father was ‘Sam’ Calderone.
Sam Calderone. children:
Rosa Maria Calderone, d. 1945; 1st husband: Antonino Pusateri; 2nd husband: Dalise. children:
Florence Dalise of Staunton, VA
In 1903 Antonina Culotta Matracia, the matriarch of the Matacia Family in America, booked passage to Sicily in order to bring Flavia Pusateri of Termini Imerese back to America with her in order to marry her son, Antonino. Returning on the SS LOMBARDIA from Naples, Antonina and Flavia arrived in New York (actually Hoboken NJ) on November 25, 1903.
Flavia’s age was 16 at the time of her arrival in America, but the 6 was inverted in the ship’s manifest to produce 19. The age listed for her future mother-in law, Antonina, was 49.
The ships’ manifests report that neither Antonino Matracia nor his mother, Antonina Culotta Matracia, could read or write, but that Flavia Pusateri Matracia had ability in both areas in the Sicilian language.
According to the manifest, neither woman spoke English, all the more interesting for Antonina as she had been living in Baltimore MD from 1883, latterly with her husband and Matacia family patriarch, Ignazio Matracia, at 111 Warren Street. Their son, Antonino was still living at that address when Flavia arrived. Excerpts from the ship’s manifest of 1903 follow:
After marrying in late 1903 and becoming US Citizens, Flavia Pusateri and her husband, Antonino Matacia, returned to Termini twice. [Note that when visiting Sicily, the family name was more-than-often changed back to its original spelling: Matracia.] The first time was in 1909 with their first three girls Antonina, Rosa, and Giuseppa. Returning to America from Palermo on the SS Taormina, the family arrived in New York (Hoboken) on the 11th of June 1909. They were enroute to Baltimore MD and Antonio’s father, Ignazio, at 1608 Calvert Street. It would appear that Flavia and Antonino had been visiting Ignazio Matacia’s brother in Termini: Uncle Lorenzo Matracia, born October 22, 1835, who had lived for a time in Lancaster, PA. Excerpts from the ship’s manifest of 1909 follow:
A second trip to Termini for Antonino and Flavia (presumably with their children), finds Antonino alone back in New York on June 14, 1910 ( June 29, 1910). Describing himself as a ‘merchant’ he was enroute to Baltimore to join his younger brother Giuseppe ‘Joseph’ Matracia living at 1608 Calvert St. His wife, Flavia (and the children), remained in Termini at 24 Via Cirula. He reports in the ships manifest that he could not read or write, but this does not say in which language.
The third visit to Termini Imerese took place in 1911 with Flavia and the same 3 children as in the 1909 trip. Perhaps Flavia’s father had died, as he is not mentioned along with her mother, Maria, who lived in Termini at an unknown address on Piazza Umberto I. They returned to New York (Hoboken) from Palermo on the Oceania on January 26, 1911, enroute to Baltimore MD and Antonino’s brother, Giuseppe ‘Joseph’ Matacia, living at 1608 Calvert Street. Excerpts from the ship’s manifest of 1911 follow:
A 4th visit to Termini Imerese occurred in 1914. This time baby Eleonora was with the family. On their way back to Staunton VA, they left Palermo for New York on September 17th arriving on October 1st. World War I had been initiated on July 28th when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Italy did not enter the war until May of 1915, fighting on the side of the Allies.
Tony Matacia’s family in the 1920 Census for Virginia. At the time the census was taken, Millie was soon to be born.
The six daughters of ANTONINO ‘TONY’ MATACIA and FLAVIA ‘FLORENCE’ PUSATERI follow:
1) ANTONINA ‘ANTOINETTE’ ‘ANITA’ MATACIA b. May 5, 1905 Charlottesville, VA, d. February 24, 1990 Utica NY, m. PASQUALE ‘PATRICK’ PETTA December 27, 1928 Staunton VA.
Regarding Anita Matacia Petta’s family, Donna Dodderidge wrote the following to Chick Lehrer in February of 2012:
“My father Angelo Andrew Petta, was Patrick Petta’s [Anita’s husband] youngest brother, and he died when I was just 17. Sadly, connections with his family were not maintained. My uncle Pat and my Dad were among quite a gifted group of siblings from Syracuse, NY: Pat a hugely successful businessman; sister Rose Petta Chatfield, an attorney who helped shape the New Deal social programs; Lucie Petta Haid, who was a ballerina with the Washington (DC) Ballet; Joseph Petta, who was a musician and music store owner, to mention the most notable.
My Dad himself was an artistic prodigy who became a designer of fine china for Syracuse China; he also competed in speed skating, baseball, and football, performed as a musician and singer with the Pompeiian Players; during WWII he became a Master Sergeant who was a medic in Burma and sang for the USO on CBS Radio with a teenage Shirley Temple.
My mother Rose Bellomo Petta, was mentored by Edith Dulles (mother of John Foster Dulles) and became an educator and a social worker. Mom spoke many times of her friend Rose Stabile and Rose’s accomplished daughter Suzanne. That Suzanne honored her family in her work clearly made quite an impression on my mother.
Oh yes and a synchronicity: until we moved to Vero Beach on 2007, we lived in Middleburg VA, and both my daughter and my husband are grads of UVA.”
2) ROSA ‘ROSE’ MATACIA b. December 17, 1906 Charlottesville VA, d. December 19, 1968 Syracuse NY, m. DOMINIC FREDERICK ‘FRED’ STABILE on May 26, 1927 in Syracuse NY. Fred’s family was from the port city of Salerno on the west coast of the Kingdom of Italy.
Suzanne Stabile Carr sent this additional information to Chick Lehrer regarding the Stabile family:
“All your info about Standard Fruit is fascinating. It was a very incestuous company, I think. Len’s father-in-law also worked for Standard at one time in Baton Rouge before they all resettled in NYC. When we were in Baltimore last weekend (May 2010), I checked out the old piers where the ships used to dock. My father also used to take me there as well as to the piers in NYC.”
“My grandmother Matacia was actually from Cefalu; I would love to get back there and do some exploring before I can’t do all these things any longer. Anyway, the Stabiles were from Salerno, the port city. Years later my uncle Harald Stabile was landing there [WW II]. Ah irony, I love it! Eventually, he became a translator, even with his horrible Italian, but apparently everyone understood him immediately. We had a relative, a strega [witch], who lived in a cave on Mt. Vesuvius, and he went up to see her. This is one interesting family.”
In addition, Suzanne has reported that during WW II, her Uncle Harald Stabile was at Anzio, Naples, and possibly Biazza Ridge in Sicily.
Perhaps the cave in which Suzanne’s relative lived was part of the intricate system of caves under Naples:
Underneath modern Naples is an 80-kilometer-long labyrinth of caves hidden, which lies up to 40 meters underground. The individual caves were created when people mined the yellow tufa that was used to build the houses that stand above each of these caves.
It is interesting that the cistern system, which first originated at the time of the Greek colonization, was extended until the 19th century. Using different aqueducts, the surrounding springs were rerouted to subterranean chambers. That way, people could get water from different wells.
Since 400 B.C., the caves have been used for all kinds of different purposes. They served as secret places of refuge, cult sites, catacombs, and dumps. In the Second World War, people took shelter there during bombing raids. They left impressive drawings of their fears and thoughts on the walls of the caves, which you can still see today.
In past centuries, many poor families have lived in the subterranean caves. Sometimes, hungry children managed to get through subterranean connections into other people’s houses and take food and other things. For the people they had stolen from, it would seem like their possessions disappeared as if by magic. That’s how the legend of the endearing house ghost Munaciello originated, Naples’ most well known ‘esoteric’ creature. Numerous legends are entwined around this lovable creature that unpredictably appears as a monk with a hood und has things disappear from people’s houses over night. Some Neapolitans think that Munaciello can also be helpful in predicting lottery numbers and finding lost treasures.
- daughter: SUZANNE MARIE ‘SUE’ STABILE b. August 29, 1935 Syracuse NY. m. CLINTON DAVID CARR July 17, 1965 Syracuse NY
Daughters of SUE STABILE and CLINTON CARR: CYNTHIA ANNE ‘CYNDY’ CARR b. June 5, 1966 and CHRISTINA ANNE ‘CRIS’ CARR b. March 27, 1968. Children of CHRIS: OLIVIA MARIN b. March 30, 2006; AMELIA ROSE b. April 30, 2009.
Suzanne Stabile Carr remembers the Charlottesville Matacias
I: Gus Matacia’s Summer Place in Sheepshead Bay, NY
It’s amazing how much Gilda Matacia and I look alike. At her age in that picture, and my age at that given time, we would have passed for twins. I never realized the family resemblance was that strong. I was also sorry to hear about Evelyn. At the end of the 80’s we all had lunch and dinner together. Nina [Frank Matacia’s branch] was there too, as at that time she was sharing an apartment in Brooklyn with a Matacia cousin from Ohio. He was also a member of the NYPD, so she said she felt very safe. It was a lovely day.
I had to laugh about Gus as he was great to me. He had a summer camp on Sheepshead Bay and my father and I would take the subway out for the day. Gus would take me all over and introduce me as his niece, etc., etc. After the day was over, we would get back on the subway and go home with stories and food. My mother thought we were nuts, but my father and I really had a good time. All those Italian guys playing bocce on the beach still sticks in my mind. Milly and Gus didn’t get along because they had a lot in common.
I also remember Ernie Matacia as we would drive over to Waynesboro and Charlottesville in our rickety old car and spend the day. There was no route 64 then, just a horrible road through the mountains.
During the early years of WW II, when we had a camp in Avalon, NJ, Gus and Joe Matacia often stopped by to see my father and grandfather. We always had huge crowds wherever we were, since at that time, both sides of the family had enormous numbers of people.
II: Confirmation that Agostino ‘Gus’ Matacia had a second wife in a town near Palermo, Sicily
First, I don’t know who Nina’s father is , but the roommate was her first cousin, Frank Matacia and he was with the NYPD if that helps. Also the reason we all saw so much of Gus and Joe was simple – my father worked for Standard Fruit until the government confiscated all the ships in WWII. As a result, whenever we went South, we made all the stops – Baltimore, a few spots in Pennsylvania. and of course, Staunton and Charlottesville, VA. Up until VE Day, Gus also had the camp in Sheepshead Bay. Yes, he had a 2nd wife somewhere outside Palermo, because my mother used to gather up baby clothes and send them to her. Unfortunately, after my mother died in 68′ I never found her address book and Tudy did not remember either.
3) GIUSEPPA ‘JOSEPHINE ‘ ‘JO’ MATACIA b. March 28, 1909 Charlottesville VA, d. June 19, 1979 New York NY. She was a nurse by profession working in Syracuse NY in 1930.
4) ELEONORA ‘LENORE’ ‘LEN’ MATACIA b. November 12, 1911 Staunton, d. September 6, 1990 NYC. m. BENEDICT ‘BEN’ BENIGNO. Ben’s father worked for Standard Fruit and Steamship Co. Children:
- Benedict Benigno
- Anthony Benigno
- Richard Benigno
- Barbara Benigno Barry (adopted)
5) FLORENCE THERESE ‘TUDY’ MATACIA , b. April 26, 1915 Staunton VA; d. October 30, 2005, New York City. Tudy lived in Italy for some time while working for the US government as a secretary. On October 12, 1956 she arrived back in New York from Genoa aboard the SS Constitution.
6) REMILDA ‘MILLIE’ ANGELINA MATACIA, b. September 11, 1920 Staunton VA, d. May 24, 2007. Millie, who graduated from college with a BA degree, was a secretary in the publishing business. In 1946 Millie returned to New York from Bremerhaven, Germany on the USAT Admiral Hugh. M. Roiman, indicating that she was returning from some sort of military duty during the initial post-war era.
Like her sister Florence, Millie lived in New York City. During her later years, Millie was visited on several occasions by Ernie Matacia-Lehrer, her cousin Antoinette Matacia’s youngest son who lived in Manhattan, and by Evelyn Matacia, her cousin Ernest Matacia’s oldest daughter. Millie had anything but kind words for her uncle Gus Matacia, who was the grandfather of Ernie and Evelyn.
Cincinnati, OH: Agostino Matacia’s brother Francesco ‘Frank’ and his children:
FRANCESCO ‘FRANK’ MATACIA was born November 21, 1879 in Italy, and died April 1, 1929. He emigrated to the US in 1886. Burial: Cincinnati, OH. He married LENA CULOTTA, daughter of ANTONIO CULOTTA and LENA SEALIA. Lena was born April 03, 1883 in Italy, and died April 22, 1923. Burial: April 26, 1923, St. Joseph (New) Cemetery: Hamilton County, Ohio. Frank was a salesman at a fruit stand.
When the US Census was taken for Cincinnati in April of 1910, Frank Matacia was living with his wife, Lena, at 67 West 5th Street. Frank reported at that time that his age was 27 (although he was actually 30), that Lena was 28 and that he and his wife, already married 9 years, were born in Italy. In addition, Frank reports that he had become a US citizen in 1896, that Lena was naturalized a year later, and that he was currently a salesman at a fruit stand. For some unknown reason, at least 4 children (Ignazio, Marie, Anthony, and Joseph) were born to Frank and Lena between 1902 and 1909, but they are not listed in the census.
The children of FRANCESCO ‘FRANK’ MATACIA and LENA (Nina Matacia reports that there were at least 12 siblings in this family):
1) IGNAZIO ‘JOHN’ F. MATACIA, SR. was born January 26, 1902 in Cincinnati: Hamilton County, OH, and died July 17, 1966 in Cincinnati: Hamilton County, OH. He married and was divorced from RUBY CRAWFORD. Born in Virginia in 1919, she died. October 16, 2002.
Children of IGNAZIO ‘JOHN’ MATACIA and RUBY CRAWFORD are:
NINA M. MATACIA. b. June 8, 1933. Nina lived only 3 months. Burial: September 21, 1933, St. Joseph (New) Cemetery
JOHN F. MATACIA, JR. b. August 25, 1934, Cincinnati: Hamilton County, OH; d. October 21, 1999, Cincinnati: OH.
m. 1st wife JACQUELIN ‘JACKIE’ R. NEWMAN b. 1938 Cincinnati OH, abt. 1961, divorced March 19, 1976.
m. 2nd wife whom John divorced was BARBARA LANG MATACIA b. April 10, 1939. Married June 22, 1992 in Kenton, Kentucky; living in CA in 1992.
m. 3rd wife BARBARA ANN KNEPFE (Knepfe was her 1st husband’s surname) b. November 26, 1947 on February 3, 1978. They were divorced on December 7, 1991.
Children of JOHN F. MATACIA, SR. and JACQUELIN NEWMAN:
NINA M. MATACIA b. February 12, 1961, m. STEPHEN K. BAGLEY (b. abt 1955) on November 28, 1998. She was named after the Matriarch of the Matacia Family, Antonina Culotta Matacia.
JOHN F. MATACIA, JR.( b. September 27, 1962) married MARIE A. HANEY (b. abt 1969) on October 11, 2003.
MICHAEL A. MATACIA (b. abt 1971) m. JILL A. HOLSAPPLE (b. abt 1966) on October 31, 1998.
JAMES CARLTON MATACIA, b. July 16, 1946.
m. 1st wife SHARON L. (b. abt. 1943) abt. 1965 but divorced September 20, 1967.
m. 2nd wife: BARBARA A. in 1969 but divorced January 6, 1970
m. 3rd wife KAREN LYNN MADDEN b. October 9, 1949 on September 9, 1977.
Children of JAMES CARLTON MATACIA and SHARON:
TRACY L. MATACIA b. 1966 married one Gregory A. Locke (b. 1958) on March 7, 1987 in Whitley KY. Another Tracy Matacia married Michael Wayne Simpson on August 27, 1987 in Clark, Nevada.
Nina Matacia reports that James and Sharon gave up a boy for adoption in the 1960s)
Children of JAMES CARLTON MATACIA and KAREN LYNN MADDEN:
Gina Matacia-Murphy, MD – Medical Oncologist/Hematologist. TriHealth Cancer Institute. Cincinnati
Dr. Matacia-Murphy completed her Medical Training in 2006 at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. She then completed her Residency Program in Internal Medicine in 2009 and went on to do her fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at the University of Cincinnati, which she completed in August 2012.
GINA MARIE MATACIA, MD: Oncology, b November 13, 1979;
1st husband: m. MICHAEL EDWARD ABBOTT November 25, 1994.
2nd husband: m. RYAN E. MURPHY b. abt. 1980 on October 8, 2005.
Daughter LILY GRACE MURPHY, b. October 8, 2009
CHRISTOPHER JAMES MATACIA [JR.]. b. November 27, 1983
2) MARIE ‘MARY’ MATACIA GEORGE, b. September 12, 1903, Cincinnati: Hamilton County, OH; d. March 18, 1956. Married surname: George. Mary died in an out-of-state hospital. Nina Matacia reports that Marie was physically handicapped. The legend is that she fell off of a wagon. She had 2 years of college education.
According to the 1930 US Census, Mary, widowed and head of the family, lived with her three daughters in Cincinnati OH. Children:
ROSE GEORGE b. 1913 a box maker
CARMELA GEORGE b. 1916
ELLINOR GEORGE b. 1918
3) ANTHONY J. ‘TONY’ MATACIA, SR, b. July 20, 1906; d. February 23, 1958, Ohio. 1st wife: m. MARGARET; 2nd wife: m. ROSE M. SANZERE (mother’s surname: Re) b. January 12, 1909 Cincinnati OH, d. July 25, 2000 Cincinnati OH.
Child of ANTHONY J. MATACIA, SR. and MARGARET:
ANTHONY J. MATACIA, JR, b. December 10, 1929; d. May 26, 1983; m. ELIZABETH (b. abt. 1934) June 3, 1981.
Children of Anthony J. MATACIA, SR. and Rose SANZERE:
FRANK ANTHONY MATACIA b. April 28, 1930, d. February 8, 2008 Cincinnati, OH; m. MIMA JANE HERALD b. July 1, 1935.
OBITUARY: Frank Anthony Matacia
MATACIA Frank Anthony, beloved husband of Mima Jane (nee Herald) Matacia, loving father of the late Anthony Matacia, devoted son of the late Anthony and Rose (nee Sanzere) Matacia. He is survived by his sister Lena Spades, grandchildren Mandy Gorman and Gina Matacia, uncle of Roseanna (Steve) Dietrich, great-uncle of several nieces and nephews. Frank was a life time member of DAV #103. He died suddenly February 8, 2008 at age 77. Mass of Christian Burial 3:30 P.M. Tuesday 02/12 at St. Teresa of Avila Church 1175 Overlook Ave., 45238. Visitation will be at the church from 1:30 P.M. until time of Mass. Memorials may be made to DAV Post#103, c/o Andy Offutt, 4672 Rapid Run, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238. Arrangements by Walker.
Son: ANTHONY ‘TONY’ MATACIA b. December 2, 1965, d. Cincinnati December 25, 2007. Anthony was a mechanic by trade.
Child of Anthony MATACIA and Maureen:
AMANDA MARIE ‘MANDY’ MATACIA GORMAN b. April 5, 1984 adopted by Maureen’s 2nd husband Pat Gorman
m. STEPHANIE L. STRAUBE b. March 7, 1971 Cincinnati OH on August 1, 1998 in Kenton, KY.
Child of ANTHONY MATACIA and Stephanie L. Stroube:
daughter: GINA MARIA MATACIA b. April 8, 1989.
LENA MATACIA m. husband SPADES
Daughter ROSEANNA SPADES m. STEVE DIETRICH
ROBERT MATACIA b. April 16, 1932 as reported by Anthony in the Ohio Birth Index.
4) JOSEPH WILLIAM MATACIA, b. December 16, 1909, Cincinnati, OH; d. November 18, 1976, Los Angeles: Hawaiian Gardens, CA. m. Delpha Mae Wilmoth/Phelps (b. 1914) January 11, 1953 Los Angeles.
DELPHA MAE PHELPS. MATACIA, b. August 17, 1913; d. March 10, 2004, Seal Beach, Orange County, CA. Her Social Security Card was issued in West Virginia.
Children of Joseph Matacia and Delpha Mae:
LUCILLE MATACIA, b. Abt. 1923.
MARIE ANNE b. October 25, 1930; d. July 20, 1932 lived only 1 year 9 months and is buried in St. Joseph (New) Cemetery in Cincinnati.
JOAN M. MATACIA b. April 21, 1933 as reported by one Joseph Matacia in the Ohio Birth Index. m. John Thomas ‘Jack’ Maas c. 1952.
Unnamed MATACIA b. May 1, 1934 as reported by one Joseph Matacia in the Ohio Birth Index
5) ROSE S. ‘ROSIE’ MATACIA, m. Bitman
6) LENA MATACIA, b. abt 1910; d. July 21, 1921 from typhoid fever when she was 11 years old.
7) ANGELO MATACIA, b. January 10, 1912, d. May 19, 1940 Columbus OH. Buried in St. Joseph Cemetery.
8.) CARMELA M. MATACIA, b. December 25, 1913, Cincinnati: Hamilton County, OH; d. January 05, 1914. Carmela lived only 11 days.
9) ELEONORA MATACIA, b. November 22, 1916. Eleonora lived only 7 months. Burial: July 19, 1917, St. Joseph (New) Cemetery.
10) ELEANOR JOSEPHINE MATACIA b. April 4, 1918 Cincinnati OH d. December 24, 1993 Cincinnati OH; m. John Edward Sheets, b. abt. 1918, d. abt. July 4, 1974
Edward Donald m. Shirley
11) CAMILLE MATACIA MILANO b. August 16, 1915; d. September 18, 1987
son: FRANK MILANO. Nina Matacia states that she once lived with Frank.
son: SEBASTIAN ‘SAMMY’ MILANO b. 1939
12) ‘TOBY’ MATACIA
13) ‘GUS’ MATACIA
Baltimore, MD: Agostino Matacia’s brother Giuseppe ‘Joseph’ Matracia/Matacia and his children:
Giuseppe ‘JOSEPH’ ‘JOE’ MATRACIA/MATACIA. b. November 16, 1885 Cincinnati OH (d. February 28, 1968 Flushing, NY). The 1910 US Census reports that Joseph was living in Baltimore Maryland with his mother, Antonina ‘Anna’ Culotta Matacia. At that time he was in the fruit business acting as a stenographer. In 1908 when he was 22, Joe returned to Philadelphia on a ship which had departed from Kingston, Jamaica; perhaps this was a business trip involving the fruit commerce. In time, Joe became the plant manager of the Standard Fruit and Steamship Company in Baltimore. By good fortune for the entire Matacia Family, Joe’s brother-in-law, Antonio Restivo (the husband of Joe’s sister, Rosa Matacia) stood at the helm of Standard Fruit. Joseph Matacia is buried in Greensboro NC.
1st Wife of Joseph Matacia: NETTY ALLEN JARVIS (died 1926). They had one child:
IGNATIUS JOSEPH FRANCIS XAVIER ‘JOE’ MATACIA, b. November 16, 1912, Baltimore, Maryland; d. August 05, 1996, San Diego, CA. In 1932 and in Boston, Ignatius married EMILY THERESA BEALE, b. November 27, 1915, Antioch, VA; d. October 12, 2011 San Diego, CA. Her parents: JAMES MCDOWELL BEALE and EFFIE JANE DAUGHTREY.
As a kid, Ignatius worked on the docks in Baltimore MD unloading boats, most-probably those of the Standard Fruit and Steamship Company for which his father, Joseph Matacia, served as the Baltimore plant manager. His high school years were spent in Philadelphia, PA. By the 1940’s Ignatius was working in Norfolk, VA for Standard Fruit’s installation there. But on March 6, 1942, not long after the entrance of the US into World War II, Ignatius entered the US Navy as a chief yeoman attached to naval intelligence. In time he was serving as an instructor in the Navy’s cargo officer’s school with the rank of chief warrant officer. On December 14, 1943, Ignatius was commissioned and sent to England in January of 1944.
Ignatius served with distinction: during the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944, he was sent to the beachhead, known as Omaha Beach, where he acted as harbor and anchorage control officer, assisting in the orderly control of shipping. Specifically, Ignatius helped coordinate the repair of damaged landing craft and the delivery of supplies to the troops on the beach.
After wars end, Ignatius returned to Standard Fruit’s Norfolk operations, but eventually went to work for Ford Motor Company as an industrial relations manager. At that time, Ford had offices in Norfolk, but, by virtue of his position, Ignatius also was involved in Ford’s operations in Louisville, KY, Kansas City, MO, and Milpitas CA. He and his family also lived for a time in Ojai CA, before moving to San Diego.
Ignatius and his wife, Theresa Beale, had a great love for and expertise in horseback riding, a sport which eventually led to Ignatius’ involvement in Olympic sports as a volunteer. Ignatius also managed the affairs of the elderly Lena Matacia Cann, his father’s sister, who in her younger years worked in silent film as an actress. She was living in San Diego in her later years.
On October 9, 1996, Ignatius’ remains were buried at sea from the US Ship Fort Fisher, and great honor was paid to his memory.
OBITUARY OF EMILY BEALE MATACIA b. November 27, 1915; d. October 12, 2011
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Emily Theresa Beale Matacia, passed away Wednesday, October 12. Preceded in death by her husband, I. Joseph Matacia, she was lovingly surrounded by her three children, Marilyn Benstead, James Matacia and Joan Stewart, several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and other members of her large family, of which she was very proud. An accomplished china painting artist, gardener and equestrian, “Nana” will be missed by many. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on October 23, 2011
The three children of Ignatius Joseph Matacia and Emily Theresa Beale :
MARILYN THERESA MATACIA, b. 1937 Norfolk VA, lives in La Jolla, CA. married VINCENT E. BENSTEAD. b. 1934 on May 11, 1985 in San Diego, CA. They have 6 children and 13 grandchildren; remarried: 2 step-children and 7 step-grandchildren
JAMES JOSEPH ‘JAMIE’ MATACIA, b. November 30, 1947 Norfolk VA, lives in Fort Worth, TX. Married VICKI S. CORNELIUS b. August 1, 1950.
Jamie retired in 2008 from G.M. after almost 40 years in Automotive Manufacturing and now is a Plant Manager for C K Technologies in Ft.Worth, Texas. Vicki and Jamie own a heating and air conditioning business in Bedford ,Texas.
- AMY JO MATACIA b. November 10, 1974 Santa Clara CA; m. Thomas J. Arthur, Jr. October 23, 1999 in Tarrant G. TX. Children:
- JACOB ‘JAKE’ JAMES MATACIA ARTHUR
- NICHOLAS ‘NICK’ MATACIA ARTHUR
- ZACHARY ‘ZACK’ MATACIA ARTHUR
- MINDY SUE MATACIA b. August 16, 1976 Bedford TX; m. JOSEPH SHOUSE (b. abt. 1980) May 23, 2009 Dallas. Children:
JOAN KATHRYN MATACIA STEWART, b. 1949 Norfolk VA, lives in San Diego, CA
2nd Wife of Joseph Matacia: KATHRYN ELIZABETH RICH MATACIA b. September 13, 1903, North Carolina; d. February 17, 1996, Buena Park, Orange County, CA. Buried in Greensboro NC.
It would appear that Kathryn Matacia, like her husband Joseph, was also employed by Standard Fruit, for in late January-early February of 1940 she and one Leah Willing visited Saint Marc, Haiti together for several weeks. Sailing out on the SS Gatun, they returned on the SS Granada, ships operated by the Standard Fruit Company. They were the only passengers on the Granada.
Kathryn and Joseph had one child:
RICHARD ‘DICK’ BAGBY MATACIA b. December 15, 1934 Norfolk VA; married to EDITH RAE REMLEY b. June 27, 1938 both now living in Florida. They had two children:
1) JOSEPH ‘JOEY’ RICHARD MATACIA, b. November 11, 1961 Toledo OH, spent his childhood in Southern California graduating from CSULong Beach in 1985 with a BS in Accounting; m. 1st BARBARA LYNN WAKEHAM MATACIA b. March 10, 1963, married on May 25, 1985; m. 2nd JENNIFER DREW HANCOCK; m. 3rd MONICA BATES
Children by Jennifer:
Wesley Amanda Matacia (11),
Haley Rae Matacia
Child by Monica Bates:
Summer Aloha Matacia
2) LORI RAE MATACIA b. September 30, 1964. m. Anthony Quince Welty February 11, 1999.
In May 2009, JOEY MATACIA reported the following information in an e-mail sent to Chick Matacia-Lehrer:
“I moved to Jacksonville Florida a few years later [after college] and was married in 1995. I have two daughters Wesley Amanda Matacia (11), Haley Rae Matacia (7) by my ex-wife Jennifer D. Hancock. I have a third daughter named Summer Aloha Matacia (2) by my girlfriend Monica Bates [whom Joey married]. Her name is Aloha because as a joke I gave a picture to Monica of Duke Kahanamoku (my hero) on his birthday 8-24 and wrote “Happy Birthday Duke” on it right before one of my trips to Hawaii. A year later to the day we had a child and she named her Summer and I added the middle name because Aloha means “loved one or cherished one” in addition to many other things.”
“I have been in accounting for 24 years now and still enjoy surfing very much. I volunteer my time to teach autistic children to surf and also lead surf camps for paraplegics and people with other severe disabilities. It’s extremely rewarding. I will send you a “you tube” link to a camp we conducted in Cocoa Beach last year.”
“My parents moved to Jacksonville Beach in 1998 when Wesley was born. They did stay in touch with Lena and Aunt Rose until they moved on. Dick is 74 and Rae is 70. They are great and enjoying their beautiful grand children!”
“It’s very interesting that you mention Joseph A. Matacia being the GM of Standard Fruit. During a recent background check done by our bank his name recently came up as the register agent of Standard Fruit to this day. I showed my dad and he got a kick out of it.”
RAE MATACIA reported the following in an e-mail sent to Chick Matacia-Lehrer in May of 2009:
“Grandpa Joe [Joseph A. Matacia, Agostino’s youngest brother] never talked too much about his life in Cincinnati, so Dick [Richard Matacia, Joseph’s son by his 2nd marriage] never knew a lot about your side of the family, but Joe was very close to his sisters Lena and Rose.”
“We lived in Southern California for 36 years (moved there in Jan.1962) so we knew Rose Matacia Restivo) and her daughter, Theresa, and Theresa’s girls well. Rose lived in Glendale. I think I still have the invitation to Rose’s 90th birthday party. We also visited with Lena in Washington and knew her well. Their sister Mary was not well (she suffered from shingles a lot) and stayed to herself in a room and never came out to greet anyone. I don’t think she ever married and lived with Lena in her last days. Lena and Rose were the sweetest. They both lived by Joseph [Ignatius Joseph Matacia] in San Diego in an assisted living place in their last days, and he and Emily [Ignatius Matacia’s wife] took care of them. I have pictures of Rose but I don’t think any of Theresa … we had our things in storage in Long Beach when we were overseas and the warehouse burned to the ground with a lot of our pictures taken before 1968.”
“Jim, your uncle, was stationed in Southern CA in the 60’s and called us one day after seeing our name in the phone book. We had several visits with him and the family (we always had pasta) and Rose and Theresa were in on some of the visits. We lived in Turkey from 1968 to 1971 and on our way home stopped in Spain to visit other friends and had a visit with Jim and family – he took us out bar hopping and we ate baby birds and snails … we kept in touch when they were in San Antonio but finally lost track. We moved to Caracas, North Dakota, San Diego and Dick was in Iraq and Saudi Arabia so it was hard to stay in touch with everyone. Kept in touch mostly with Christmas cards.”
“Joseph was devastated when he was transferred to NYC in 1942 after living in Baltimore for years – he never adapted to the place but had to do it to have a job. Dick was 8 and had to leave all his friends in Baltimore and it was really tough for them all. They lived there until Joe’s death in 1967 and in 1968 we went to Turkey and Kathryn [Joseph Matacia’s 2nd wife] went to North Carolina where she became a house mother at 3 different colleges in the area for 10 years. She moved to CA in 1978 and lived there until her death in 1995 at 92 yrs of age. (Don’t quote me on these dates because they are coming off the top of my head and my memory is what I forget with these days).”
“Too bad we didn’t know you were living in Thousand Oaks all those years .. we could have met. We live in Florida (to be with grandchildren) but are Southern Californians at heart.”
Baltimore, MD: Agostino Matacia’s sister Rosa ‘Rose’ and her husband Anthony ‘Tony’ Restivo:
ROSA ‘ROSE’ MATACIA b. March 19, 1888 in Ohio; d. October 9, 1993 in San Mateo, CA. Rose married ANTONIO RESTIVO b. June 2, 1878 Italy, d. September 1, 1943 Los Angeles. Antonio Restivo was running a fruit store when the 1910 US Census for Baltimore MD was taken. By the time of the 1920 US Census Tony had become an ‘agent’ for Vaccaro Bros. and Co., a great boon for the entire Matacia Family. Sometime in the near future, Tony would to stand at the helm of the firm, most likely in 1924 when the company’s name was changed to Standard Fruit Company. Note that Standard Fruit was owned by three immigrants from Contessa Entellina, Sicily: Joseph, Luca and Felix Vaccaro, together with their brother-in-law, Salvador D’Antoni. The residents of Contessa Entellina were actually Albanians. In 1926 the company changed its name once more, this time to Standard Fruit and Steamship Company. When the US Census for 1930 was taken, Tony and Rose were living with Theresa in Los Angeles not far from the area which in 1934 would become Farmer’s Market; Tony identified his occupation at that time as ‘produce’.
Suzanne Stabile Carr, the granddaughter of Rose Matacia of the Staunton VA Matacia family, reported the following to Chick Lehrer:
My father [Fred Stabile] was a broker or a factor [for Standard Fruit], which translated to selling bananas by the boatload or railroad car. Now Tony Restivo is a name I haven’t heard in eons. He did the same thing only on a larger scale. Then he went West and did fruit out there. I saw Lena [Matacia Cann] and Rose [Matacia Restivo] at the end of the 50’s when my father, aunt and uncle and two cousins drove to Calif. That was some trip. The covered wagons made better time even allowing for Indian attacks. Anyway, we finally got to LA, so we subsequently drove up to Pasadena where Rose and Lena were. living Had a lovely afternoon with them. That’s the last I saw of them.
Child of ROSA MATACIA and ANTONIO RESTIVO is:
THERESA RESTIVO, b. 1907, Maryland.